Government restrictions are slowly being lifted and Belfast is staying safe and staying local. Here are some key dates you need to know:
From 23 April
- Outdoor visitor attractions can reopen
From 30 April
- All shops can reopen
- Pubs, cafés and restaurants can reopen outdoor eating and drinking (for six people from two households)
- Caravan parks and self-contained accommodation can reopen
- Curfews for off-sales and takeaways will be removed
- Outdoor gatherings can take place with up to 15 people from three households
From 24 May (please note, this is an indicative date)
- Restaurants, cafés and pubs can recommence indoor service
- All tourist accommodation will be permitted to reopen
- Indoor visitor attractions can reopen
For the latest government advice, go to nidirect.gov.uk.
Outdoor spaces such as parks, gardens, forest parks and beaches are open. Read our Spring Walks blog for inspiration, or follow walking trails in the city to discover public art and beautiful views. Fifteen people from three households are currently allowed to meet outside together.
Outdoor sport has resumed – that means golf courses have reopened and certain outdoor activity centres has opened for sports like mountain biking, open water swimming, archery, fishing and more. Discover outdoor sports in Belfast >>
Outdoor attraction have also reopened. Opening times may be limited and advance booking may apply. Attractions that have reopened include:
Food & Drink
Restaurants, cafés and pubs are open for outdoor eating and drinking (for up to six people from two households only). Many are operating on a first-come-first-served basis, but some may require pre-booking. We recommend checking with individual businesses before visiting.
If you need some inspiration, check out our guides to outdoor dining and beer gardens in Belfast. Still not ready to eat out? Many restaurants continue to offer takeaways and you can pick up something to go from these coffee shops. An indicative date of 24 May has been set for recommencing indoor food and drink service.
Shops & Retail
All retail has reopened! Please remember to stick to social distancing guidelines while shopping and wear a face covering in stores. If you need some inspiration for your first shopping trip, read our guide to shopping in Belfast – from designer labels and high street brands in Victoria Square and CastleCourt shopping centres, to unique finds in independent shops, Belfast has it all!
If you’re not ready to shop in store yet, click and collect services are still be available at many stores and you can always shop from home with these Belfast businesses with online shopping.
Some walking tours have started again, with most offering private tours for up to 15 people from three households. Tour times may be limited and advance booking may be required. Coach and bus tours will be resuming from late May or early June.
Walking tours that have started again include:
Accommodation & Hotels
Caravan parks and self-contained accommodation (such as holiday rental homes and self-catering apartments) have reopened, though only one household is permitted to stay together. An indicative date of 24 May has been given for hotels to reopen. Some accommodation businesses may be taking bookings now for when they reopen, so view all places to stay and get inspired for your next staycation.
Indoor Visitor Attractions
Indoor visitor attractions may be able to reopen from 24 May, though this is an indicative date only at this stage. Pre-booking may be required and opening times may be limited, so check with individual businesses for the most up-to-date information.
Information & Services
Translink’s Metro, Glider and NI Railway services continue to operate though reduced timetables may apply. Remember to wear a face mask and follow guidelines while travelling. Aircoach’s Belfast route has also resumed. Taxi services such as Value Cabs continue to operate 24/7, with protective screens and sanitising measures in place to keep passengers safe.
Visit Belfast Welcome Centre
Visit Belfast Welcome Centre will reopen on Friday 30 April to provide essential visitor information and advice.
30 April – 30 May
- Monday to Friday 9am – 5pm
- Sunday 2nd May 11am – 4pm open
- Closed Sundays until 30 May
From 24 May
- Monday to Saturday 9am – 5.30pm
- Sundays 11am – 4pm
- Bank Holidays 11am – 4pm